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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Artifactual

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How did something as boring as maps for insurance companies become one of the highest-traffic items on the Library of Congress's website? Because these maps were accidentally telling the stories of the cities they depicted -- cities that were growing, changing, and sometimes withering away...

You can look for Sanborn maps of your town or city in digital collection of the Library of Congress here.

You can find more information about the history of the Sanborn collection at Cal State Northridge here.

For more information on this episode and more Artifactual podcast content, visit artifactualpodcast.com.

Artifactual is a content partner of Peter Hamilton’s Documentary Business newsletter and Sunny Side of the Doc.

How did something as boring as maps for insurance companies become one of the highest-traffic items on the Library of Congress's website? Because these maps were accidentally telling the stories of the cities they depicted -- cities that were growing, changing, and sometimes withering away...

You can look for Sanborn maps of your town or city in digital collection of the Library of Congress here.

You can find more information about the history of the Sanborn collection at Cal State Northridge here.

For more information on this episode and more Artifactual podcast content, visit artifactualpodcast.com.

Artifactual is a content partner of Peter Hamilton’s Documentary Business newsletter and Sunny Side of the Doc.

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